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Asylum Service in Greece resumes full operation on May 18

Asylum Service of Greece will resume full operation as of Monday, May 18, 2020, the Ministry of Migration & Asylum said on Friday.

In order to keep social distancing, half of staff will come to work and the rest will work from home.

All measures of hygiene will be in full force to prevent coronavirus infections.

Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis, said that all residence permits held by refugees are extended for another six months from their date of expiration.

Aim of the extension is to prevent the Asylum Service from becoming inundated by renewal of applications.

The service was suspended beginning of March due to the pandemic.

Podcasts about coronavirus

UNCHR, SolidarityNow and are now offering easy access to information about the coronavirus pandemic to non-Greek speaking migrants and refugees.

According to an announcement, podcasts produced by the UNCHR, SolidarityNow and will provide news regarding prevention and protection from the virus and the latest official announcements bringing changes to everyday life.

There will be seven podcasts, three of which are already available, entitled «FAQsforMigrants&Refugees- SpreadtheNews, notthevirus».

. The first three episodes are about the treatment of patients at home, guarding against fake news and the gradual lifting of the lockdown restrictions.

The podcasts are available in five languages. French, English, Urdu, Arabic and Farsi.

The podcasts are available in:,,,,

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